Cool outside doesn’t mean cool in the car! – 22 degrees outside can be 47 in your car.
It’s amazing that some people still don’t get the message about leaving dogs and kids in cars in the summer. Children and pooches perish every year across North America because of ignorant but well meaning parents and caregivers. “But i just popped out for a second….” is not helpful when a car can overheat in a matter of moments.
Take a a look at the video. A vet actually recorded himself in his car so that people could see how quickly and dire the situation gets.
It doesn’t have to be that warm outside for a car to become dangerously hot inside. Here are some facts:
- When it’s 22 degrees Celsius outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 47 degrees Celsius within an hour.
- When it’s 27 degrees Celsius outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 37 degrees Celsius within 10 minutes.
- Rolling down the windows has been shown to have little effect on the temperature inside a car.
If you see a dog in a car on a warm or humid day who you believe may be in trouble, ask nearby stores to page customers. If the dog is in distress call our Animal Cruelty Hotline at 1 (855) 6BC SPCA (1-855-622-7722). The call centre is open seven days per week: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If it is an animal emergency outside of these hours, please contact your local police department, RCMP or animal control immediately.
I understand that if necessary, you can break the glass of a car if the occupant is in dire need, but do that at your own discretion. Personally, I would do it in a heartbeat, but I cannot speak for you.
Dogs (and cats) cool themselves by panting and by releasing heat through their paws. On summer days the air and upholstery in your vehicle can heat up to high temperatures that make it impossible for pets to cool themselves. Your dog will be more comfortable if left at home.
Note that dogs also risk overheating if exercised outside during the day in hot weather. Choose the early morning and evening when it’s cooler, to excercise your dog and always remember to bring extra water for your dog and take lots of breaks.
Symptoms of heatstroke
- Exaggerated panting (or the sudden stopping of panting);
- rapid or erratic pulse;
- anxious or staring expression;
- weakness and muscle tremors;
- lack of coordination;
- tongue and lips red (which may eventually turn bluish in colour);
- convulsions or vomiting;
- collapse, coma and death.
(source: SPCA website)